Children in church

We value children at St James's. We are also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults to worship and grow in Christ safely. A Children’s Ministry Team, led by the Children's and Families Worker co-ordinates the various activities. It has also formalised a recruitment process for volunteers. 

Pop up cinemaFilms are shown in the church regularly, more being shown for the children. There is no charge and cushions and refreshments are available. These pop-up cinemas have become very popular.

Sunday worship with families particularly in mind (all are welcome)

•  A new service, Together at Eleven, was started after Easter in 2017 and is held every Sunday in term time, sometimes continuing through the holidays.
•  The All Age Service happens at particular times in the year, for example Mothering Sunday, Harvest and Christingle.
•  Occasional special services are held, for example a well attended Pet Service (not just for children).

Activities for children (all are welcome)

•  St James's Ark runs on Monday mornings in term-time and attracts up to twenty families, providing free play, stories and songs. 
•  Immediately after the Together at Eleven services there are refreshments for both children and their carers in the church, together with supervised craft activities.
•  During the 9.30am Sunday services in term time the Sunday School, Shell Seekers, is held in the hall.
•  The older children, having outgrown Shell Seekers, have started their own Youth Group, combining friends, food and fellowship.

Social events for families with young children (all are welcome)

Several children's parties have been held since Revd Derek Winterburn became our tenth vicar.
•  Paddling pool tea parties in the vicarage garden
•  Teddy bears picnic, and a late summer party
•  Epiphany party  
•  'Celebration of Light' and 'Trunk or Treat' as alternatives to Halloween

Musical groups for children to join

•  Do you enjoy singing? If you do then come along and sing in the Choir
•  Can you play a musical instrument? If you can then come along and play in our instrumental group, St James's Players.

Children Trunk or Treat Children

An All Age service

Trunk or Treat

Children's activities


•  St James's has an active relationship with the local schools who are always welcomed into the church.
•  Groups from the schools visit to learn about the church to help with their Religious Education work.
•  The local schools are welcomed for their own special services, especially their Christmas Carol Services.
•  The clergy and Dani often visit schools and occasionally take assemblies.
Singing at Laurel Dene•  The children from Hampton Hill Junior School sometimes join with St James's for a Christmas service for the residents of the Care home, Laurel Dene.
•  St James's welcomed seven children between the ages of 5-10 for the first ever three-day holiday club in 2019.
•  Ninety Year 1 children from Carlisle Infant School coming to St James's for a three-day Easter Experience event in 2019.

Uniformed Groups

St James's also has an active relationship with the uniformed groups who are always welcomed into the church. Although they are not strictly Church organisations, being 'open groups', they nevertheless sometimes attend the church parade All Age services. The scouts generally help with the autumn leaf clearance and they always support the Remembrance Day 11am service at the war memorial in the churchyard, forming a guard of honour with their flags.
For the Brownies and Guides contact or 0800 1 69 59 01 and for the Scouts contact or 020 8286 6918

Find out more

Family worship through the years 
St James's provision for children through the years

A school visit Children A school visit

A school visit

Uniformed groups

A school visit